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Barabel
Homeworld

Barab I

Language

Barabel language

Average height

1.9 - 2.2 meters

Skin color

Red, black, gray

Hair color

None

Eye color

Black

Distinctions

Scales, tail

Famous members
"What are invaders called on Barab I? Prey!"
―Barabel joke

The Barabels were a cold-blooded reptilian species from Barab I.

Contents

History

"You know what they say: If you're captured by Barabels, don't let them give you to the females."
Han Solo

According to Barabel legend, a small group of Jedi, led by the Ithorian Noga-ta, came to Barab I circa 900 BBY. Noga-ta helped settle the civil war that had plagued Barabel society for thousands of years. Consequently, the Barabels held Jedi in high esteem and would accept a Jedi's judgment in any dispute.

A Barabel with a war hammer.

After this contact with the Jedi, the Barabels had little contact with offworlders for centuries. Soon after the rise of the Galactic Empire, Planetary Safaris began organizing hunting trips to Barab I, with the quarry being the Barabels themselves. After a few Barabels were killed, a Barabel leader named Shaka-ka organized groups of her fellow hunters into armies which overwhelmed the safari ships. When an Imperial investigation led by Captain Osted Alater revealed that the Barabels were sentient, the safaris were ended. Shaka-ka formed an alliance with Imperial Governor Paro Lanto and had the spaceport city of Alater-ka built. Some Barabels began to go offworld, working as mercenaries and bounty hunters.

Later, during the days of the New Republic, several Barabels became part of the Jedi Order. The most prominent of these was Saba Sebatyne. The Barabels were nearly wiped out when Barab I was ravaged by the Yuuzhan Vong during their invasion of the galaxy. However, some Barabels escaped the widespread fires by retreating to Barab I's vast network of caverns.

Biology and physiology

The Barabels were a bipedal race of reptilians who were covered in very tough dark colored scales. A blaster set on stun would not damage them at all or slow them down, as it would merely bounce off their scales. Barabels were able to shed their tails if necessary, an ability that proved the undoing of many a startled foe. They also possessed heavy retractable claws along with needle sharp teeth.

Society and culture

A Barabel shockboxer

The race were noted for their hunting and tracking abilities. This was because many of their actions were fueled by their hunting instincts, leading to the general feeling that Barabels were always angry, or in the very least ornery. They were well known for their aggression but were also extremely loyal to their mates and parents. They also had a great deal of respect for the Jedi, because of their first experiences with a Jedi master who settled a dangerous clan dispute. Despite their moral nature, they were also noted as enjoying in ending up in fights with their Verpine neighbors with Barabels often capturing members of the insectoid race and giving the body parts to the Kubaz.

Barabels had a native language known also as Barabel though they also expressed emotion—such as amusement or grief—by "sissing." They were a communal race with separate groups on their homeworld of Barab I numbering upto 10,000 individuals under the guidance of a pack leader. Unlike Humans, Barabel's were much closer to their unconscious part of their brains than other species.

Among Barabel beliefs were a group of demons called the Blight of Barabel. Their names were often used as curses.

Lone Barabels tended to refer to themselves as "this one" instead of typical first person pronouns such as me or I.

Common Barabel names

  • Ragath
  • Vangar
  • Tesar
  • Saba
  • Zozoped

Appearances

A Barabel

Sources

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A Barabel hunter.
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